African Union opens new £127m HQ
29 January 2012 Last updated at 10:47 GMT
As the African heads of state meet for the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, they find themselves in new surroundings.
The meeting is being held in the brand new AU headquarters which was a gift from China.
At a cost of $200m (£127m), the building dominates the city's skyline.
As Will Ross reports, this comes at a time when China is seeking to strengthen its ties with Africa.